Why a Timeout to Exercise Can Boost Your Productivity

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We all know that exercise does the body and the mind good. However the timing of when you get that workout in could be the difference in whether you sluggishly grind through your day or if you find that boost in productivity that seems ever so elusive.

More and more studies, along with anecdotal evidence are showing that taking breaks throughout your workday are vital to staying fresh. Using one of those breaks to work up a sweat could offer benefits besides improving your health and fitness level. Apart from feeling good and boosting your confidence, taking a break to exercise could make you more productive in the workplace.

According to Fast Company, here are some reasons why a timeout to exercise can boost your productivity:

  1. Taking a break in your workday to exercise gives your brain a mental break and can recharge you for the rest of the day.
  2. Taking a timeout to workout can help you handle challenging situations with less stress and better outcomes.
  3. Breaking a sweat can help reset your mood and if you get outside, it will give you a healthy dose of vitamin D.
  4. Going for a walk gives you the chance to remove yourself from your desk and all the distractions in the workplace. It can give you space to think and come up with more creative solutions that you may not have come up with at the office.
  5. “Science shows that brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods. An exercise diversion adds even more benefits.”
  6. “A large study published in the journal Neurology showed that across a broad age range even small amounts of exercise, such as walking 15 minutes a day, have a noticeable effect on almost all regions of the brain. The researchers found that the increased oxygen intake and blood flow while their subjects exercised gave their bodies a big boost of energy.”

For more details and to read the full article from Fast Company, click the link below!